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My Latvia Trip (lots Of Pix)  
User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8110 times:

Hello Everyone!

It has been 4 years since I've been to my home country of Latvia so it was time to go back again. Tickets have been expensive the past couple of years so when I decided that I am really going, I spent numerous hours on the internet searching for the least expensive flights between New York City and Riga until I found what certainly wouldn't last long, a round trip with a cost of $578.02 on SAS. So I booked immediately and off I went...

Part 1 - Going there, EWR-ARN-RIX
I went to New Jersey, parked my car and caught a ride to Newark Airport.


Date: August 23rd, 2007
Flight segment: EWR-ARN
Flight number: SK 904
Equipment: Airbus 330-300 (SE-REF) - Star Alliance
This was my third flight on A330 and a first time on this aircraft.

After checking in with a not-so friendly airport check-in agent I went through a standard security check and off to the gate areas of Terminal B.

Our plane parked at the gate:


Company aircraft at a nearby gate getting ready for a flight to CPH. This would be the aircraft I would come back on and also the first ever A330 I flew on 4 years ago. Was it really that long ago?


Finally boarded. For some reason I thought that I was in Italian airport and not in Newark:


And whoever said that B737 doesn't fly Trans-Atlantic in a regularly scheduled passenger service?


We pushed on schedule at 17:20 local time, started both engines and taxied to runway 22R for departure. Surprisingly there was no wait, only a couple of aircraft ahead of us who pulled to the runway and took off immediately. There were no announcements from the crew about the departure but the forward looking camera in my PTV kept me informed about everything. We took off toward southwest and made a right turn around the airport, went over Manhattan (I could easily make out Central Park on the downward looking camera) and turned northeast.

The drink service started shortly followed by a first meal. SK only serves one alcoholic drink now throughout the flight at no additional cost so I settled for Swedish beer. There was a choice of fish or chicken so I went with chicken which was exactly what you would expect from the airline food.

I watched Analyze This for a while and then went to sleep. I woke up on approach to Scandinavia:


I was trying to guess the local time but gave up after a few minutes. There was sun rising down below:


A breakfast was served and we started our approach to ARN. At that point connecting flight information was displayed on the monitors for a number of flights and gate numbers were displayed as well which was convenient. My second flight was displayed as well eventhough it was operated by a partner airline through code share.

We were descending into ARN and the fog was so thick, I could not see anything out of the window. I had the forward looking camera on on my PTV and I was watching the altitude on the overhead display. We were down to 500 feet and nothing out of the window. Down to 300 feet and still thick fog outside. At about 100 feet or so, I saw the runway lights appear just in front of us and we performed a smooth touchdown.

A pilot went on on PA system and informed us that due to the thick fog we would take longer to get to the gate. I saw a 4-engined aircraft just in front of us taxiing very slowly. It turned out to be a TG B747 and we parked in the gate right next to it. By that time, the fog got a little less dense:


We came off the aircraft after what was your average trans-Atlantic flight. The crew on this flight was very professional and friendly.

After a long walk to another gate and encountering a security check in the middle of the airport, I came to the gate for my second flight which did not arrive yet.

Date: August 24th, 2007
Flight segment: ARN-RIX
Flight number: BT 102
Equipment: Boeing 737-500 (YL-BBN)
This was my first ever flight on a B737.

At about the same time when this flight was supposed to depart, the airplane had just pulled into the gate on a flight from Riga:


As everyone exited the plane they called the boarding and we were able to go through the hallway to enter the jetbridge. Once there, it turned out that the door into the jetbridge was locked. The airport employee came in to open it, he swiped his card but nothing was happening. In the meantime, more and more passengers were at this door ready to board the aircraft. This same airport employee made a call on his radio in Swedish, swiped his card again and this time it worked. When we walked into the plane, the flight attendants were still vacuuming the cabin and let us in about a minute later. Complementary Latvian and Russian language newspapers were available by the door. I got into my seat just in time to see a Viking pass by:


By this time, the fog had cleared out, we taxied to the runway, there was very powerful acceleration and we took off for this one hour flight. I was sitting toward the end of this short aircraft and cabin service started from the front going backwards.

Somewhat decent legroom:


I was watching the cabin crew serve drinks and some snacks that were being sold on this flight. The last time I flew BT 4 years ago, the food was complimentary. This time it made me wonder how people are willing to pay for the food on this one-hour flight so I decided that I would settle just for some water when flight attendants get to me with their cart as I was sitting in row 17. However, by the time they were done somewhere around row 10, we have started our descent and cabin service stopped. The two flight attendants then quickly pushed their cart to the end of the plane. A man sitting somewhere around row 12 called a flight attendant over and requested a drink. Her response was that the service was over. I personally think that this is a major screw up on BT's part, they should either serve all passengers or none at all.

There were 3 flight attendants on this flight. One was making sure that business class passengers are happy and the other two served about 40% of economy passengers while the other 60% got absolutely nothing. For the level of service, considering I did not get any service, I would give BT 0 out of 10.

We soon descended into RIX and I saw the 9-story buildings of the Zolitude neighborhood on my left, which meant that we were landing on runway 18. As we landed, I looked at the terminal and saw the biggest plane that ever visits RIX on a regular basis, an HY B763 on its stopover between JFK and TAS:


I exited the plane, went through passport control, got my luggage and was easily out of the airport. I have read before the trip that it is now mandatory to show a proof of health insurance if you visit Latvia but nobody could care and nobody even hinted about it.

I was staying in Latvia for the next 9 days and as I learned from Marcus (FLIEGER67), it's always a good idea to include non-airplane pictures as well so here it goes:

Kalku Street, (which used to be called Lenin Street during Soviet occupation):


St. Peter's Church (destroyed during World War II, rebuilt in 1970s):


Presidential Palace (I actually saw President Zatlers being driven about a minute before I took this picture):


"Three Brothers":


A rooftop cat:


Freedom Monument (Which was almost destroyed by the Russians just before World War II):


Guards at the Freedom Monument (They stand still and there is a change every hour):


This should give you an idea of Riga's location in the world:


Latvia has recently become famous as a sex capital of Eastern Europe. Latvian authorities try to discourage this activity by putting out posters such as this one:


This trolleybus is actually not made by Bosch. It's made by Skoda in the former Czechoslovakia:


Lido Restaurant on Krasta Street (A must for any Riga visitors):


A residential neighborhood called Purvciems:


Latvian-made electric train doing a Riga-Jurmala run:


Latvian countryside:


Highway sign:


Town of Kraslava (located about 10 km from the border with Belarus):


Part 2 - Coming back, RIX-ARN-EWR

It was soon time to go back to the US and I had to be at the airport bright and early in the morning (while it was still dark outside) to catch my 7:35 departure flight.

Date: Septermber 3rd, 2007
Flight segment: RIX-ARN
Flight number: BT 101
Equipment: Boeing 737-500 (YL-BBE)
This was my second flight on B737 and a first time on this aircraft.

I checked in for the flight and went through security check. I had a bottle of Vodka in my carry on that I was bringing for my manager back at work which was confiscated by the security. They stated that it's a European Union requirement that no alcohol in excess of 100 ml can be brought onboard. I thought that was very weird because they sell alcohol in duty free which obviously can be brought onboard.

I went throught the passport control and stopped by a duty free to find out whether or not I will be able to buy any liquor and bring it onboard. A girl working there asked me for my final destination. After I replied that I'm going to Newark she informed me that I wouldn't be able to bring alcohol with me. What kind of nonsense is this? Anyway, I had to let go of this idea and came back to work the following day empty handed.

This advertisement would probably be a dream of any aviation fan, especially anyone who's ever been denied a right of airport spotting by the ignorant US authorities:


SU TU-154 just before departure to SVO:


Our plane parked at the gate:


Our plane from the inbound flight a few days before:


Some times I am amazed at people inpatience. For some reason people think that it is a benefit of being able to board the aircraft before everyone else. I wonder what are they thinking? Do they think that they will leave faster or they will get better seats? Come on, this is not WN. I was walking around the gate area spotting while these folks were waiting in line to get on our plane:


I calmly boarded the plane after everyone else rushed through the process, got into my window seat, and took a picture of the only runway at RIX. However, the main focus of this photo was the IL-76 parked in the woods:


We pushed back after some passengers were taken off the plane. They came in on a connecting flight from Baku and did not have a visa to enter Sweden. BT representative said that they won't be let into Sweden and that the airline will be fine if they try to enter. They were advised to go to the Swedish embassy before they fly.

Then we taxied to runway 18 and took off into the fog for this one-hour long flight.

Somewhere over the Baltic Sea:


I will not even attempt to describe the cabin service. I will only say that it was exactly the same as on the previous flight. Not even a glass of water was provided to me as I was sitting too far toward the end of the aircraft, I was sitting around the middle. By the time the flight attendants served about a third of the passengers, we were already approaching ARN:


and we soon landed:


We got off the aircraft at the same gate that we flew out several days earlier and there was already a number of people waiting to board the aicraft to go back to RIX:


Eventhough my US-bound flight was to depart from a gate nearby, I had to go to the other side of the terminal to check in for the flight and get my boarding pass. However, I did not need to recheck the luggage, it was checked in all the way through in RIX. And I think that it is a bit strange that they can check the luggage all the way to final destination but not the passengers. While waiting in line to get a boarding pass, I enjoyed Swedish countryside (Can anyone spot a B747 in this picture?):


I'm no expert but this looks like ARN Tower:


ARN is different from my nearest airport which is JFK. I'm so used to seeing KL B777s so it was interesting to see a KL B737 for a change:


ARN is clearly an SK dominated airport:


I then proceeded to the gate and had to go through security again. I was also selected for a secondary check but they didn't find anything, including the Vodka that was confiscated in RIX. I was finally allowed to go through and saw my next ride being parked, a Sigrid Viking.

Date: Septermber 3rd, 2007
Flight segment: ARN-EWR
Flight number: SK 903
Equipment: Airbus A330-300 (SE-REE)
This was my fourtth flight on A330 and a second time on this aircraft.

I got into my seat 26A and we kept waiting:


Our captain came on the PA system and advised us that due to the strong headwinds it will take us longer than usual to cross the Atlantic and that he expects some turbulence on the way, however he also mentioned that hopefully the flight will be smooth.

Then another announcement came. The captain informed us that there was a malfunction in a computer controlling the fuel system and that he would like that taken care of before we depart. This was greeted by someone who exclaimed "Good Idea" in the back of the plane.

A few minutes later a red Volvo station wagon pulled up to the plane and SAS mechanic came out of it and climbed on board into the cockpit. He came back out about 20 minutes later and we finally pushed back:


We then taxied into position on Runway 19R:


and immediately took off:


Soon after take off the captain announced that the entertainment system does not work and the moving map display will not be working during this flight. I realized that this would be the only thing informing me about our current location:


The captain said that he normally does not do this but this time he will tell us about our routing. He said that due to the weather we will not be taking the usual route but instead take a southern course over Great Britain and cross the Atlantic into Newfoundland.

Luckily the moving map was the only think not working, so I got a chance to see The Whole Nine Yards and Kramer vs. Kramer. There were two meal services and although the food was exactly what you come to expect on the airplane, the service was very professional.

Interior shot:


At no time did I know what our position was so I used what people had available to them 20 or so years ago, and that was my watch. About 7 hours into the flight I saw land beneath us and almost 9 hours after take off my ears started popping so I knew we were descending. It looked like we flew over Connecticut and then made a left turn around Poughkeepsie descending into EWR. It did look like the pilots were desperately trying to slow down:


Then Manhattan appeared on the left and I could even see Verrazanno Narrows Bridge through the fog:


The runway appeared up ahead and through my PTV I saw that we were landing on Runway 22L:


This was followed by a smooth touchdown:


After we vacated the runway we taxied into the gate and the journey was over. One thing I still don't get is why is it illegal to talk on the cell phone while walking from the plane to the immigration but that's what was being told by airport employees.

I would really like to hear your feedback if you have read so far. It literally took me several nights to write this report and it would be sad for me if no one reads it. Your comments are what keeps me writing these reports so please have them coming.

Leo.


A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
28 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7924 times:

Great report! Loved it, especially all the photos!

I'm glad to know that SAS has the forward facing video camera. I still have not been on a plane that has it. Is it available only during takeoff/landing? Or during the flight can you look down at the scenery?

It seems like the passengers on Baltic would have been more satisfied if they had just made an announcement that there will be no beverage service due to the short flight.

Sorry about your wasted Vodka...yes you have to put it in checked baggage these days. Good luck with that!

Also, I think it's cool to see KLM and other European carriers with small planes, as we get used to only seeing the big jets here.

How can you live in the US and not fly a 737?

Thanks for sharing the report. I know what you mean about how long they take to do, especially with that many pictures. I'm glad you did it!

Matt


User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7889 times:

Very interesting report. Nice to see the pictures of Riga and also the pics of the other modes of transport there like the trolleybus and train.

Hope you enjoyed your time at home,

Thanks!


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7865 times:

Very interesting TR... well done Leo! I also hope you enjoyed your time back home in Latvia... I loved your photos as it is a country I would like to visit soon.

The service you got on Air Baltic certainly doesn't make it sound like a quality airline, yet I suppose on a one hour flight they should probably just drop food service, especially if the end up only having time to serve only part of the cabin which is a bit unfair.

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
They stated that it's a European Union requirement that no alcohol in excess of 100 ml can be brought onboard. I thought that was very weird because they sell alcohol in duty free which obviously can be brought onboard.

This is a law that was introduced a while ago within the EU. It has got a lot of criticism (yet I am in favour of security), and there are rumours it may be dropped or relaxed soon. Basically you can only bring liquids/gels etc in max. 100ml containers, which must be placed in a resealable transparent plastic bag for separate security screening, yet you are allowed bring liquid purchased airside (after security) on board, so I'm surprised you were told in Riga that you couldn't bring the bottle of Vodka, I feel the girl there informed you incorrectly, she probably knew the bottle would be confiscated in Stockholm when going through security as you had to check-in there again and not simply use an airside transit area. I am sure you would have been allowed to bring a bottle of Vodka on your flight back to the US if you had bought it at the duty-free shop in Stockholm.

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
And I think that it is a bit strange that they can check the luggage all the way to final destination but not the passengers.

This is totally standard and normal. Often, if there is no interlining argreement between two airlines they cannot issue a boarding pass for your connecting flight, yet can check your luggage all the way through. Happens all the time.

Thanks again for your great TR. I look forward to reading more.

regards.



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineTaichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7571 times:

From what you said, Air Baltic is just ridicoulous ... when there was onboard service, I've flown many Spanish domestic legs which were around 1 h in length where at least one drink was served to everyone. Las month I flew Air Europa (737-800) and they also managed to "serve" (selling drinks and snacks) the whole cabin ... In any case, their FAs should either work faster, or the airline should quit providing such "service" in short routes.

Asfot the liquids regulations, yeah it is just a silly "safety" measure.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

Thanks for the report! Interesting to read about Latvia.

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 3):


The service you got on Air Baltic certainly doesn't make it sound like a quality airline, yet I suppose on a one hour flight they should probably just drop food service, especially if the end up only having time to serve only part of the cabin which is a bit unfair.

Air Baltic is part of SAS Group, on SAS short haul flights you get limited service in Y, you have to pay for food & drinks, unfortunately.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7397 times:

Hi, Leo,

nice to read your well written story about your visit at home.

Superb pix, reminded me to my stay in Riga, real interesting to follow, what´s going on there.

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
I was staying in Latvia for the next 9 days and as I learned from Marcus (FLIEGER67),

Thanx, for sure not only from me
 Smile

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
had to go to the other side of the terminal to check in for the flight and get my boarding pass.

Strange, BT is a SK owned company and I remember also a situation when a SK agent can´t check me in on an
connecting BT flight.

It seems you had a good time there in Latvia, hope to read more soon.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7394 times:

Great report and pics. Thanks for posting!


"Reality is wrong, dreams are for real." -Tupac
User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7348 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
I went throught the passport control and stopped by a duty free to find out whether or not I will be able to buy any liquor and bring it onboard. A girl working there asked me for my final destination. After I replied that I'm going to Newark she informed me that I wouldn't be able to bring alcohol with me. What kind of nonsense is this? Anyway, I had to let go of this idea and came back to work the following day empty handed.

I have not heard anything about ARN not accepting sealed transfer bags from other EU countries going to the US I will ask one of the secuiruty staff on saturday when I go to work about that. At ARN you could have bought liquids for your flight.

Nice trip report Leo!

/Sukhoi


User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7090 times:

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 1):
I'm glad to know that SAS has the forward facing video camera.

They also have a downward facing camera as well.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 1):
How can you live in the US and not fly a 737?

You can avoid flying a 737 if you either fly longhaul or your shorter flights are on Airbus jets.

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 3):
Often, if there is no interlining argreement between two airlines they cannot issue a boarding pass for your connecting flight, yet can check your luggage all the way through. Happens all the time.



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
BT is a SK owned company and I remember also a situation when a SK agent can´t check me in on an
connecting BT flight.

Last time I flew to Latvia back in 2003 I also flew SK and BT but I connected in CPH and I was checked in and received boarding passes for both segments while checking in to fly both ways. This time, when I checked in at EWR, I received boarding passes for both flights as well but when I checked in at RIX on the way back, I only received one and was told to check in again at ARN for the second leg. So this was kind of strange.

Leo.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6964 times:

Thanks for the Riga pictures. My cousin is there this week. Interesting that SAS offer these fares in peak summer. I think the season cools off end of August.

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6939 times:
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Good report and photo's, a nice read and good pic's to look at.

Riga is on my hit list of places to visit, perhaps next year??.........

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
This was my first ever flight on a B737.

- Amazing!

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
A man sitting somewhere around row 12 called a flight attendant over and requested a drink. Her response was that the service was over. I personally think that this is a major screw up on BT's part, they should either serve all passengers or none at all.

- Agreed, either speed it up or drop it.

Look forward to more reports in the future.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6896 times:

Hey, nice report! Particularely interesting becaus ei will be flying BT to RIX in october.

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
And whoever said that B737 doesn't fly Trans-Atlantic in a regularly scheduled passenger service?

That's Privatair's all business-flight ZRH-EWR on behalf of LX.

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
Lido Restaurant on Krasta Street (A must for any Riga visitors):

Thanks for the tip, will keep it in mind  Wink


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6668 times:

Thanks for the Trip report, good reading.

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
A rooftop cat

I just love that

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 1):
How can you live in the US and not fly a 737?

I was wandering the same..

Ciao  wave 
Joe


User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6623 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
Riga is on my hit list of places to visit, perhaps next year??.........

The best advice I can give you is to go there in July or early August as the weather is usually at its best there during that time of the year.

Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 13):
Quoting DFW13L (Reply 1):
How can you live in the US and not fly a 737?

I was wandering the same..

Easily if you mainly fly long-haul. Also keep in mind that many routes in the US are now served by Airbus aircraft.

Leo.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineSh0rtybr0wn From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6602 times:

Great report dude.

Nice photos and great explanations. The price of your ticket was amazing. For that price I would go myself, because I live in Connecticut, ( Did Connecticut look boring as you flew over it?) and now that summer is over its kind of boring here.

Right on.

SB


User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6481 times:

Quoting Sh0rtybr0wn (Reply 15):
Did Connecticut look boring as you flew over it

If you want to see something boring, you should try looking at the clouds over the Atlantic for over 4 hours so CT is fine  Smile

Leo.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineDrogba From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6316 times:

Riga well known in my eyes because of my trip to the latvian capitol in June. Nice trip report, looks like you had a steep climb out of ARN to EWR.


Next trips: TXL-VNO-FRA-ZRH-TXL, TXL-FRA-MAD-MUC-TXL , SXF-NAP-SXF, GWT-TXL
User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Quoting Drogba (Reply 17):
looks like you had a steep climb out of ARN to EWR.

Actually it did not feel that steep, I guess it was your average heavy departure.

Quoting Drogba (Reply 17):
Riga well known in my eyes because of my trip to the latvian capitol in June.

I think I remember reading your trip report and if I'm not mistaken you also complained about the cabin service on BT flight. If I'm not mistaken, this is the third trip report on a.net covering Latvia so I tried to make it the most comprehensive as possible.

Leo.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 12):
That's Privatair's all business-flight ZRH-EWR on behalf of LX.

I know, I was just referring to it that way because some people say that you can't fly A319 and B737 Trans-Atlantic.

Quoting Sukhoi (Reply 8):
At ARN you could have bought liquids for your flight.

But they do not sell Lithuanian Vodka in ARN. This is what I needed to bring and nothing else. Absolute, Smirnoff, and Grey Goose is sold in the US so there is no reason why I would carry that with me half way accross the world.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
Strange, BT is a SK owned company and I remember also a situation when a SK agent can´t check me in on an
connecting BT flight.



Quoting Toulouse (Reply 3):
Often, if there is no interlining argreement between two airlines they cannot issue a boarding pass for your connecting flight, yet can check your luggage all the way through.

Actually on the way there I got my BT ARN-RIX boarding pass while checking-in in EWR. This was also the case the last time I did this trip through CPH, I was fully checked-in both ways.

Leo.

P.S. Does anyone else have anything to add? I feel bad that I only get so few replies, it literally took me several nights to write this TR.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2441 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5873 times:

Hey,
Very nice report. I am a flight attendant for a small airline and we have a few short routes. It was uncalled for that you did not get served and I would have felt terrible. That is my one fear when doing short routes and I usually make an announcement "due to the short duration of this flight, there will be no cabin serivce, however if you would like anything please feel free to ask me by using your FA call button, Saftey and time permitting, I will be more than happy to get it for you".


User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5848 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 19):
Quoting Sukhoi (Reply 8):
At ARN you could have bought liquids for your flight.

But they do not sell Lithuanian Vodka in ARN. This is what I needed to bring and nothing else. Absolute, Smirnoff, and Grey Goose is sold in the US so there is no reason why I would carry that with me half way accross the world.

I asked one of the secuirity girls at the staff secuirity but she did´nt know if you can bring liquids from Riga/EU when you transfer to the USA.

/Sukhoi

[Edited 2007-09-22 16:42:46]

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 19):

P.S. Does anyone else have anything to add? I feel bad that I only get so few replies, it literally took me several nights to write this TR.

I know the feeling, after a hard job ( especially when not using your mother tongue like in my case) you would like to see more replies, but seems 20-30 replies per TR seem to be a good result generally. People are just lazy I think, you would often have something to say but typing takes too much energy..?
BTW, was planning to visit Riga next summer, perhaps starting an 'European LCC Tour' there, Latvia is close to Finland but still surprisingly few contacts between the countries, like I have never met any Latvians. Want to go there myself, heard so much good.


User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

Regarding the meal service on the BT flight, it's the same problem I've seen on OV since they switched to pay-on-board for economy meal service. On shorter flights, the time involved in processing the transactions can mean that some pax never get a chance to receive any meal service. If they just went back to the model from before (free meal service for eveyone), I think everyone would be served since it is much faster to do that. On the other hand, I also realize why they no longer offer free meal service in economy (OV and BT following SK's model for intra-European flights). A fair compromise would be to offer no meal service at all, or just a free drink service.

User currently offlineBT001 From Latvia, joined Aug 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Thread starter):
Presidential Palace (I actually saw President Zatlers being driven about a minute before I took this picture):

Sorry to say but this is not the Presidential Palace, this is just a museum Arsenals. Presidential Palace is located approx. 500m from this place.

Quoting Jfidler (Reply 23):
(OV and BT following SK's model for intra-European flights).

BT introduced buy on board service well before SAS. The problem (the advantage from other point of view) is that BT accept cards not just cash. It takes time in this case, sure it is easier to collect just cash and coins in plastic packet like on Ryanair. Also BT is processing printed receipt as per requirements of Latvian law.


25 OA260 : Very nice TR !!! I would love to go to Latvia one day . Thanks for all the nice photos. OA260
26 DavidkunzVIE : Since I know this feeling, I congratulate you on a very nice TR. :thumbsup:
27 B747forever : Brilliant TR. Great pics also. I always like to see TR that involve ARN. Thank you for sharing. B747forever.
28 Levg79 : Thank you for all of your nice replies. At least I don't feel as bad now since I got so many comments. I have now set a goal to write a TR about each
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